24 March 2022

How to support employees and job seekers with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Everyone deserves a high quality of life. This includes having access to housing, healthcare, social and community supports.

Meaningful employment is important for our overall wellbeing.

It improves our social connection, sense of belonging and self-esteem. It markedly improves the welfare of families and communities. 

However, people with disability remain at a disadvantage when seeking employment. Only about half of Australians with disability are currently participating in the workforce. 

People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are at particular risk of underemployment. 

In addition, the risk of contact with the justice system is approximately 30 times greater for a person with FASD compared to a person without FASD. 

APM in partnership with Patches Australia, the University of Western Australia (School of Psychological Science), 360Edge and Real Drug Talk, and with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health, has produced an online educational Resource about FASD.

It includes tips, tools and strategies that can assist employment professionals, employers and those within the justice workforce, to effectively support people with FASD as they transition out of the justice system into meaningful employment.



Corey Stephenson

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